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From "Stephen J Fuhry (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-1047) Android UUID can sometimes be undefined (or otherwise not unique) because of limitations in ANDROID_ID
Date Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:05:35 GMT

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Stephen J Fuhry commented on CB-1047:
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Ha, I've been there. I was surprised to see that a similar solution was done for iOS some
time ago and that it wasn't done for Android in the same breath.
                
> Android UUID can sometimes be undefined (or otherwise not unique) because of limitations
in ANDROID_ID
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CB-1047
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CB-1047
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Wish
>          Components: Android
>    Affects Versions: 1.9.0
>            Reporter: Stephen J Fuhry
>            Assignee: Joe Bowser
>
> There are many documented situations where the following does not really return a unique
identifier ([link to cordova source|https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf?p=incubator-cordova-android.git;a=blob;f=framework/src/org/apache/cordova/Device.java#l173]):
> {code:java}
> android.provider.Settings.Secure.ANDROID_ID
> {code}
> Would it make sense to implement a solution like this?
> http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/03/identifying-app-installations.html
> see also: http://stackoverflow.com/a/2853253/111033
> I've used the above mentioned solution in native Android applications without issue.
> It *might* make sense to offer this as a value completely separate from device.uuid..
there are many reports that some hardware vendors are actually populating ANDROID_ID with
a manufacturer ID (i.e. ANDROID_ID returns a value, but it is not unique between devices of
the same make / model! How deceptive.).
> Perhaps it could be offered as:
> {code:javascript}
> device.install_id
> {code}
> or something so that developers could opt-in to use it? This way it wouldn't break BC
for those who are interested in maintaining device or install ids from previous versions.
Then, you could get a guaranteed unique id by doing:
> {code:javascript}
> var deviceId = ('install_id' in device ? device.install_id : device.uuid);
> {code}

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